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OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links

By Alicia Ely Yamin  Lecturer on Global Health and Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights. CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of t ...

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From Wife-beaters to Peace-preachers: Tackling Domestic Abuse in Zimbabwe’s Hinterland

  Human Wrongs Watch Marondera, October 2014 (IRIN)* — Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN | A third of Zimbabwean women have experienced physical violence at the hands of their spouse or partner. . “We grew up thinking that women are our tool ...

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Braving Dust Storms, Women Plant Seeds of Hope at World’s Largest Refugee Camp

  Human Wrongs Watch Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. By UN Women*, October 2014 — In the world’s largest refugee complex — the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province —  women listen attentively during a business management workshop held at a hospital i ...

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Primary Emphasis Must Be to Halt Spread of Ebola in West Africa — UN

Human Wrongs Watch As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts on 23 October 2014 said. Source: UNICEF, WHO Reporting on the outcome of the third m ...

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Maternity Leave: Women’s Survival vs. Family Responsibilities in Rwanda

  Human Wrongs Watch Kigali, 22 October 2014 (ILO)* – Kanyange’s (not her real name) baby is crying intermittently as they wait to meet a doctor at a health care centre in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.  Source: ILO “My baby has been like this over the last two days. This started just after I had returned to work after my six-week maternity leave had expired.” . The doctor’s instructions brought more c ...

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In Sierra Leone, Getting Back to School – on the Airwaves

  Human Wrongs Watch With schools closed throughout the country as a result of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is bringing the classroom into students’ homes through the use of educational radio broadcasts. © UNICEF Sierra Leone/2014/Romero | Moalem Siseh, 17, writes on a blackboard to help teach Uleymatu Conteh, 13, who is taking her school lessons by radio. The project aims to reach more than 1.7 mi ...

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes — but not in the Middle East. We need tens of thousands of boots on the ground dealing with Ebola: boots of doctors, nurses, health professionals, dealing with this wholly preventable global health disaster. Ebola is a small virus that is re ...

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No Time to Mourn

  Human Wrongs Watch ‘After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.’   By Anne Boher, Kenema, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same ...

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“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – Rural Rwandan Farmer

Human Wrongs Watch ‘Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings.’ Kigali, Rwanda, October 2014 (UN Women)* – On a sunny Tuesday in the Nyaruguru district of Rwanda’s South Province, 75 women and men gather in their best clothes to graduate from the UN Women-supported Farme ...

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Tanzania’s ‘New Citizens’ to Get Land, Voting Rights

  Human Wrongs Watch Dar Es Salaam, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* – Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has hailed the move. Most of the former refugees have been living in camps in the western Ta ...

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